How strict are you with your pregnancy diet?

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
  • poll: How strict are you with your pregnancy diet?
    I avoid most everything on the "do not eat" list! : (23 votes)
    29 %
    Eh, I mostly stick to it but splurg sometimes. : (31 votes)
    39 %
    Nope....everything in moderation! : (25 votes)
    32 %
  • Post # 31
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2015

    starfish0116 :  deli meats are kinda of hard to give up. It’s weird because I’m actually eating more than I did before pregnancy since I was so picky with food aversions at first. My Darling Husband is insistent and we heat the turkey in a skillet then I’ll do a hot/panini type sandwich. It’s satisfying enough just a little more work. 

    I do miss and avoid sushi. Also the tuna steaks we used to get and sear rare. but protein in general has been hard for me to eat. Food aversions have been a bigger struggle than nausea ever was. I’m 17 weeks and just getting back to being able to handle them. 

    main thing is trying to stay healthy-isH with my diet. Just remember it’s temporary. 

    Post # 32
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    2130 posts
    Buzzing bee

    amanda1988 :  This, although I don’t eat a lot of unpasteurised cheese anyway so not really giving it up. 

    I look at other parts of the world and how they deal with pregnancy. 

    Post # 33
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    2854 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2016

    I just want to add be careful about pasturized soft cheeses. I have read numberous articles about women who have lost their babies due to eating pasturized soft cheeses. Apparently sometimes things can go wrong in the pasturization process. My doctor said to avoid soft cheeses all together, pasterized or not, so that is something I am not willing to gamble on.

    My doctor told me to avoid soft cheeses, deli meats, and undercooked/raw foods so thats exactly what I’ve been doing. I can’t imagine not listening to my doctor when my my babies life/health/safety is on the line. 

    Post # 34
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    704 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2016

    I guess I’m really lax on it compared to most people. I’ve eaten deli meat twice, salami & turkey. I do avoid it for the most part, but honestly I think it’s kind of silly because raw veggies or hummus are more likely to have listeria than deli meat…so mostly I avoid it because of the sodium.

    I drink 12oz of coffee every day since my doctor said that’s fine. I usually have one soda a day in addition to that so I’m probably slightly over my caffiene limit, but from what I’ve read the limit is totally arbitrary.

    I’ve eaten raw fish twice. It was from a reputable source, and I think the health benefits out weighed the risks. I eat over easy eggs almost daily, which I justify because I raise my own backyard chickens and am completely confident in the health of my chickens & eggs after doing research on the causes of salmonella in eggs. I’ve eaten medium rare steak on one occasion, although it kind of grossed me out so I haven’t wanted that again.

    There’s only a few things I really truly avoid. I don’t and won’t touch alcohol until after the baby is born (although I think an occasional glass of wine is probably safe, it’s just easier for me to say no all together). I don’t eat unpastuerized cheeses. I never ate hot dogs to begin with. I won’t eat any wild game that’s undercooked (we eat a fair amount of venison). And most of all if a food smells off or unappealing I don’t eat it (which, my senses are heightened right now, so my Darling Husband will think everything’s fine and I’m like nope, no way).

    To me, the more important aspect of diet is limiting sugar, limiting sodium, keeping calories in check to keep weight gain moderate (all of which can be tough when you’re craving french fries dipped in ice cream), and keeping up an exercise routine. I believe that leads to a healthy, happy pregnancy and is far more important than the do not eat list.

    Post # 35
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    1192 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    I’ve only had one baby so far but I didn’t really restrict my diet.  I did no caffiene in the begining but i’m not one to consume a ton of caffiene.  I ate turkey sandwiches my whole pregnancy, less in the begining and more towards the end.  The only strict rules I followed was no alcohol.  

    Next pregnancy, I’ll reduce my caffiene to one small latte (75mg) or soda a day and no alcohol, but otherwise I’ll eat whatever I want.  

     

    I don’t eat sushi, fish or eggs so that isn’t a concern for me.  My guilt pleasures are turkey sandwiches, soft cheese, and anything else “bad.”  Regarding the soft cheese, it is nearly impossible to find unpastuerized cheese in the US so I am not worried at all about it. 

    Post # 36
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    3092 posts
    Sugar bee

    Pregnancy was my opportunity, for once in my life, to not give a damn. I couldn’t imagine being on a diet while pregnant. I felt like, that was one of the few pleasures I had (the process was miserable for me). However,  I was not overly ridiculous and super over indulgent because that’s not how I am even when I am not pregnant.

    Post # 37
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    2523 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    I’m pretty strict with it, mostly because I don’t find it that hard.  There are many things I love that I can’t eat, but there are enough things I love that I can.  I do eat cooked sushi occassionally (crab, lobster, shrimp).  I usually start my day with a cappucino with a single shot of espresso- which is about 60-80 mg of caffeine.  200mg is proven safe, so if I need an iced tea or a pop later to keep me going (which I often did in first trimester at work), I still have wiggle room.  I have been ordering my steak more well than I would typically prefer, but if I’m fortunate enough to deliver a healthy baby my small sacrifices will be worth it.  I haven’t had alcohol at all (not even a sip.. which I thought i might).  In terms of eating really healthy- I try to make better choices, however if I’m behind exhausted or not feeling well sometimes I eat whatever I think might get me through the day (not off limits food, but not healthy food).  

    The thing I do crave is deli meat, which is weird because I would very rarely eat it before!  I know I’m probably a little overkill about not eating anything on the “do not eat/ be careful list,” but it is my first child, and it isn’t a huge deal to, so I don’t know why not.  

    Post # 38
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    9435 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    Things that were contaminated with listeria when I was pregnant: hummus, canteloupe, and ICE CREAM. Yes, ice cream. And none of the things that are on the typical “no-no” list.

    My OB said it was fine to eat deli meat as long as it was fresh and not sitting around in a case all day. Soft cheeses were fine as well, as almost all at the grocery store are pasteurized. I still had my cup of coffee too.

    Supposedly sushi from a reputable place is fine as well since it’s all flash frozen anyway.

    Post # 39
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    282 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    I avoided all the “no” items until my 13wk ultrasound, 18wk now. Since then, moderation. Never drank coffee but do enjoy a coke once in awhile. Dont eat deli sandwich meats or hot dogs/sausages, but cured ham(prosciutto)/salami on occassion. Ive had sushi once, but nothing raw and only from a reputable restaurant.

    Post # 40
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    282 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    ktsteimel :  how were they able to accurately pin point that because soft cheese was ingested it was the direct cause of miscarriage? Curious not confrontational.

    My dr told me never to allow an internal ultrasound because the only 3 of her patients who had, all lost the pregnancy within 1 to 2 days of the procedure. Coincidence..who knows but fine by me since it creeps me out. 

    Post # 41
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    2854 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2016

    deacon :  They got listeria from eating the soft cheeses. Something went wrong in the pasturization process.

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